Simple Present Tense

(also called Present Simple)

The Simple Present is a very common tense in English. You should understand it, and know it well.

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What's next?
  1. Read and understand the following explanations and examples

  2. Read and understand the Rules

  3. Practice, practice, practice with the Exercises

How do we use this tense?

The Simple Present is a form of the verb that shows the action takes place in the present.

Here are the different usages of this tense:

Make sure you also read:

Examples of Typical Time Expressions

Repeating actions or habits

(The verbs are in bold)

They travel every Sunday.

man and woman traveling

He goes to school by bike.

Boy on bicycle

He always loses his papers.

Man under desk looking for papers

They usually get a lot of fish.

Men on a boat

They go to work every day.

A man and a woman standing on a bus

Facts or things which are
true at all times

Cows eat grass.

A cow eating grass

Paris is in France.

Paris is in France

People sleep at night.

A girl sleeping at night

He is a good guy.

A sailor standing

He is a policeman.

a policeman

Conditions (not actions)
taking place at this moment

This is a big ship.

A big ship

She looks dangerous.

A dangerous woman

She likes him.

A nice lady

He thinks that she is pretty.


They feel tired.

Sleeping dancing couple

He has a car.

A boy in a car

Examples of
Typical Time Expressions








once a _______ (minute, hour, day, week, month, year, etc)

every _______ (minute, hour, day, week, month, year, etc)

Practice reading, writing and speaking in the Simple Present Tense. Download the English Grammar Stories and Exercises Series.

English Grammar Stories and Exercises

Boy writing happily

What's Next?

  1. If you want, you can REREAD the previous explanations and examples.

  2. Read and understand the rules.

  3. Practice, practice, practice with the exercises.

  4. Read and practice with these stories and exercises.

Simple Present Story 1


Who is he? Where is he? What does he do?

Hank is a cowboy. He lives on a farm. He has a horse named Ginger. Hank loves Ginger. He rides Ginger every day. Sometimes they walk slowly, and sometimes they run fast. They always have a good time.

Ginger is Hank's horse. She is light brown. Her tail and mane are dark brown. She is three years old. She lives in the stable by the house.

Ginger waits for Hank every morning. She enjoys their time together. Often, Hank gives her apples. After long rides, Hank always washes and brushes Ginger. He usually brushes her tail. Then he gives her food and fresh water. Ginger loves Hank.

Click here to download the worksheet: Simple Present Story 1.

See also: Simple Present vs. Present Progressive Worksheet and Answer Key

See also: Stories and Exercises to Practice the Simple Tenses

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